Akhtar suggests privilege motion against HC judge
Jammu: The legislative council on Monday announced that no case would be registered against the opposition National Conference (NC) member Showkat Ganai who termed Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani as a “martyr”.
Cutting across the party lines during the question hour, members sought the attention of the council chairman Haji Inayat Ali and described the high court’s intervention in this regard as ‘contravention to the state constitution.’
During the ongoing Budget session, the High Court in Jammu passed a direction to police to probe Ganai’s remarks.
The NC member Bashir Veeri invoked the Section 72(1) and 72(2) of the state Constitution saying that courts cannot take cognizance of the proceedings of the House. Quoting the section 72 (2) of the state constitution, he said no member of the legislature shall be liable to any proceeding in a court in respect of anything said or any vote given by him in the legislature or any committee.
Congress legislator GN Monga said that besides directing the government against filing FIR against the MLC, a process should be started to revoke the court order.
“The House should call the records and probe who approached the court in this case,” he said.
Later the minister of education Naeem Akhtar termed the legislature, as “supreme” saying the proceedings of the House can’t be intervened by the court or any judge.
“Government will act on the directions of the chairman of the House and members are free to move a privilege motion against the judge under relevant